|Original author(s)||Miguel de Icaza|
|Developer(s)||The GNOME Project|
|Initial release||31 December 2001|
|License||GPL-2.0-only or GPL-3.0-only|
Gnumeric is a spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME Free Software Desktop Project. Gnumeric version 1.0 was released on 31 December 2001. Gnumeric is distributed as free software under the GNU General Public License; it is intended to replace proprietary spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel. Gnumeric was created and developed by Miguel de Icaza, but he has since moved on to other projects. The maintainer as of 2002[update] was Jody Goldberg.
Gnumeric has the ability to import and export data in several file formats, including CSV, Microsoft Excel (write support for the more recent
.xlsx format is incomplete), Microsoft Works spreadsheets (
.wks), HTML, LaTeX, Lotus 1-2-3, OpenDocument and Quattro Pro; its native format is the Gnumeric file format (
.gnumeric), an XML file compressed with gzip. It includes all of the spreadsheet functions of the North American edition of Microsoft Excel and many functions unique to Gnumeric. Pivot tables and Visual Basic for Applications macros are not yet supported.
Gnumeric's accuracy has helped it to establish a niche for statistical analysis and other scientific tasks. For improving the accuracy of Gnumeric, the developers are cooperating with the R Project.
Gnumeric has an interface for the creation and editing of graphs different from other spreadsheet software. For editing a graph, Gnumeric displays a window where all the elements of the graph are listed. Other spreadsheet programs typically require the user to select the individual elements of the graph in the graph itself in order to edit them.
Gnumeric has been coded mainly by Miguel de Icaza, with help from other intrepid hackers that have contributed code, bug fixes and documentation.
The most recent versions given a full analysis in this report (available without charge) are Microsoft Excel XP and Gnumeric 1.1.2, and the author has more-limited data on then-new Excel 2003.
In this journal article, after a more complete analysis of Excel 2003, McCullough concludes that Excel 2003 is an improvement over previous versions, but not enough has been done that its use for statistical purposes can be recommended